As temps warm, pipes may burst

Published 9:39 am Thursday, January 18, 2018

With temperatures finally starting to get above freezing today, pipes that were frozen could start to thaw out and burst.

While some pipes freeze completely blocking all water flow, some pipes may be partially flowing. If your water pressure has been down over the last few days, it’s possible there’s some ice blocking the water flow.

If the pipes freeze wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold, or where the cold was most likely to penetrate. Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe does burst.

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You might be able to thaw a pipe with a handheld hair dryer. Slowly apply heat, starting close to the faucet end of the pipe, with the faucet open. Work toward the coldest section. Don’t use electrical appliances while standing in water; you could get electrocuted.

Oxford Public Works Director Bart Robinson said if a resident has trouble turning off their water meter or water main, they can call the city’s Public Works Department for help at 662-232-2399 or 662-232-2400 after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

Homeowners are warned against using portable gas torches or other devices that could transfer heat to building materials and create a fire danger.